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Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with more than 80 times the climate forcing effect of CO2. Global atmospheric concentrations of methane have grown nearly 150% from pre-industrial levels and is far above the natural range of the last 650,000 years. Global emissions from human activity are projected to increase another 20% by 2030.
Reducing methane emissions offers significant climate change benefits, especially in the near term, as there is a large reduction potential and cost-effective mitigation technologies are readily available. Achieving a 50% reduction in methane emissions by 2050 and maintaining them through 2100 would reduce global temperatures 0.55⁰C. UNECE has developed best practice guidance related to methane management in the coal, oil, and gas sectors, and UNECE is working with partners to prepare a UNGA declaration of an International Decade for Methane Management. Countries will be invited to support the initiative.
This is a "Cyber Monday" side event of the 69th session of the UNECE.
Opening Statement: Ms. Helen Ryan, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Protection Branch, Environment and Climate Change (Canada) (tbc)
Moderator: Ms. Pamela Franklin, Chief, Non-CO2 Programs Branch, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USA)